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• The NBA 2K League today named Tencent Holdings Limited as the league’s first distribution partner in China.

• The English Premier League has signed a multi-year deal naming Anheuser-Busch brand Budweiser as its official category partner. Carling had been the EPL category partner since 2016.

• Sports and live entertainment company AEG has signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewal agreement with Toshiba America Business Solutions, extending their “comprehensive partnership across several of AEG’s flagship assets,” including Toshiba remaining a founding partner of Staples Center and the official digital signage and display provider of L.A. Live.

• As part of the NFL 100th season celebration, the NFL has teamed up with league partner EA to give one lucky fan the chance to become an EA Sports Madden NFL ratings adjustor for the day as well as be digitized to appear in the Madden NFL game. Details here.

• The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have signed a long-term deal naming  Fanatics, a  global leader for licensed sports merchandise, as the exclusive operator of all Warriors Shop locations throughout the Bay Area. Full story here.

• NBA All-Star James Harden has joined the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo. According to the MLS club, the 2018 NBA MVP with the Houston Rockets becomes the fifth member of an ownership group led by Gabriel Brener, which also includes boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, Ben Guill and Jake Silverstein.

In addition to the Dynamo, the group also owns the NWSL's Houston Dash and BBVA Stadium, the home venue for both clubs.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the ownership group of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash and proud to be a part of a club with tremendous history and a great future,” Harden said via the team.

• Spend a "Day in the Life Of Blake Griffin." Full story here.

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

POLL POSITION

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Starter Pool

  • Liz Cambage, Aces
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury
  • Natasha Howard, Storm
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm
  • Kayla McBride, Aces
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty
  • A‘ja Wilson, Aces

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, is scheduled for July 27 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (ABC 3:30 PM ET).

KEEPING SCORE

The Top 25 MiLB Teams With Best-Selling Merchandise (alphabetically, with MLB affiliate):

  • Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies)
  • Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees)
  • Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
  • Columbia Fireflies (Mets)
  • Columbus Clippers (Indians)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
  • Durham Bulls (Rays)
  • El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres)
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)
  • Gwinnett Stripers (Braves)
  • Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies)
  • Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Marlins)
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies)
  • Nashville Sounds (Rangers)
  • Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox)
  • Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)
  • Rochester Red Wings (Twins)
  • Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
  • Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
  • San Antonio Missions (Brewers)
  • Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
  • Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
  • Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

SOURCE: MiLB

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office July 12-14
1. Spider-Man:Far From Home $45.3M
2. Toy Story 4 $20.7M
3. Crawl $12M
4. Stuber $8M
5. Yesterday $6.8M
6. Aladdin $5.9M
7. Annabelle Comes Home $5.6M
8. Midsommar $3.4M
9. Secret Life of Pets 2 $3.1M
10. MIB International $2.2M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

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Apr052017

Buster Posey Leaves Home (Plate) To Motivate Neighbors For Esurance

By Barry Janoff

April 5, 2017: Apparently not content to show up in a hospital to support a couple about to have a baby, Buster Posey is extending his energy by leaving his position behind home plate to roam the neighborhood still wearing his catcher's gear in a new campaign from Esurance.

The multi-media effort, "Pep Talks With Buster," from the official auto insurance sponsor for MLB marks the third year Posey, a three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, is fronting marketing for the company, breaking on-air and online.

The humorous scenarios, of course, are auto related, including helping a dad install a stubborn car seat and motivating a young driver.

"I always have a lot of fun working with the Esurance team and can relate to many of the situations in the social videos, especially installing a car seat for the first time," Posey said in a statement. "We’ve built a great partnership over the past three years, and they have a product I know and trust for my family."

Esuarnce said "Pep Talks With Buster" would be anchored by a series of TV spots and also have significant reach on Internet, social media and fan activation.

Esurance, a division of Allstate, also said it would return as title sponsor for the all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB Awards. The company will unveil specific activations associated with the programs later in the season.

"This year, we’ll continue to provide fans unique access to content and experiences that bring them closer to the game they love. We’re also focusing on using creative, data-driven digital strategies to reach the baseball audience with effective, personalized messages,” Nancy Abraham,vp-integrated marketing communications for San Francisco-based Esurance, said in a statement.

"Through our MLB partnership we’re able to connect our brand with consumers through their passion points at relevant, timely moments throughout the year," said Abraham.

In 2015, Posey's debut with Esurance included a TV spot, "Sorta Doctor," under the brand's umbrella "Sorta You Isn't You" campaign ("I’m not your doctor, but we both wear gloves and deliver in the clutch").

In 2016, a "What Would Buster Do?" series of ads found the catcher showing how not to make decisions — coming to the plate with an imaginary bat and acting as a mime, using a bull fighter's cape at the plate in place of a bat and having a temper tantrum as a two-year-old when he strikes out.

A voiceover explained that Posey would not make these types of bad decisions because, "Buster is a smart person. And smart people get Esurance."

According to Esurance, "Pep Talks with Buster" features Posey "giving pep talks to people having self-doubt in everyday situations, like changing a tire for the first time or installing a car seat.

"Buster perfectly delivers these 'meeting on the mound' talks as a metaphor to the confidence boost customers feel with Esurance. From choosing coverage that fits, to settling claims quickly and efficiently, to feeling confident they’re properly protecting their cars, everyone can use a little pep talk sometimes."

Spots being launched this week include "Car Seat Timeout" and "Rookie Driver," with more creative to follow.

In addition, the campaign has an anthem spot, "Buster Posey In Control," that establishes the premise for the ’17 strategy.

"Buster Posey loves being in control," a voiceover says as we see Posey behind the plate during a game. He then breaks the fourth wall. "Whoa, we always do baseball," he says.

The camera pulls back to show the crew and set. "How about a beach," he requests, then sees sand, palm trees and a jet ski delivered to him. "Anything else?" "A sidekick (he gets another guy dressed as a catcher on a jet ski) and maybe a sweet theme song (at which point a rock band appears)."

The voiceover explains, "Buster knows what he wants. that’s why he has Esurance. Their easy online tools make him feel confident he made the right call. That’s insurance for the modern world."

Esurance’s MLB activation this season also includes its second season sponsoring MLB on TuneIn LIVE, TuneIn's original MLB show of record, providing listeners with drop-ins from local radio coverage of MLB games in progress, plus postgame interviews and analyses.

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